Jake Parker, Intern at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, says:
“I felt incredibly lucky when I was offered the unique chance to provide crucial data insights to researchers working at NHS MFT in partnership with the University of Manchester.
"A multitude of my skills, that I owe to both part-time work and academic dedication, culminated in a successful first day on-site when I was introduced to my colleagues and the project I’ll be working on for the next 8-weeks.
"Since choosing my GCSE’s, I envisioned a career that combines my passions and aptitude for Mathematics and I’m proud to have conquered an immeasurable amount of adversity to secure my first role that achieves just that. I’m inspired by the people in my life, and I’ll never stop fighting for the career I want to pursue.”
Dr Goylette Chami, Associate Professor at the Big Data Institute, Nuffield Department of Population Health, at the University of Oxford, says:
“I became involved as I find it rewarding to mentor budding researchers and see their excitement develop into real career trajectories. This scheme gives undergraduates a taster of health data science, what it is like to work in a team, and how research can make a real impact on society.”
Applicants for the programme demonstrated great interest and passion for health data science and for what can be achieved for health and care including the potential for a rewarding career.
Dr Dona Reddiar, HDR UK Doctoral and Internship Programme Manager, says:
“Our incoming interns’ passion for helping to improve people’s health and their curiosity about how health data science can contribute to this has been abundantly clear in their applications.
“We look forward to hosting them and hopefully inspiring them to contribute to this new and exciting field in their future careers.”
The programme is led by Professor Christopher Yau, Director of the HDR UK-Turing Wellcome PhD Programme in Health Data Science, who hopes it will continue to develop and grow – providing opportunities for students in every part of the UK.
Professor Yau says: “The scholarships are a truly national collaboration, involving partners from across the country. I am excited that we have been able to provide our outstanding inaugural scholars with the opportunity to pursue research in health data science for the first time.
“The variety of projects is inspiring - covering cancer, global health and front-line activity within an NHS hospital. I am looking forward to working with my team to expand our offering in the next two years with more exciting research opportunities.”
As the six interns start to take up their placements, Health Data Research UK is looking for host organisations to take part in next year’s HDRUK-Wellcome Biomedical Vacation Scholarship. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
About Health Data Research UK
Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) is the national institute for health data science. HDR UK’s mission is to unite the UK’s health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives. HDR UK is funded by UK Research and Innovation, the Department of Health and Social Care in England and equivalents in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and leading medical research charities.